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  • Being prepared takes hard work

    Former Army Gen. George S. Patton once said, "A pint of sweat saves a gallon of blood." I believe he meant it is better to sweat a ton while training hard for battle than it is to spill a single drop of blood during war. No truer words have been spoken, and they still ring true today as McConnell continues to train on a daily basis. Training is not
  • Energy conservation saves money, resources

    October is Energy Awareness Month. The overall theme the U.S. Department of Energy has chosen for this year's conservation effort is "Energy independence depends on us; choose wisely; use wisely." The Air Force's motto for this year is "creating a culture where Airmen conserve energy." "Energy conservation is not a foreign concept," said Norm
  • Pay day loans: financial freedom or bondage?

    Clever slogans, catchy jingles, promising billboards and bright flashing lights - the warning signs of the typical payday loan store. Payday loan stores have become ever more popular on street corners throughout Wichita and throughout the United States in recent years. That payday loan stores offer easy accessibility to "quick cash" for an
  • Base environmental programs put to the test

    A 32-person inspection team will be here from Monday to Oct. 20 to inspect McConnell's environmental programs. This year's assessment will also focus heavily on occupational health compliance. The 2006 Environmental and Occupational Health Compliance Assessment and Management Program will evaluate base-wide compliance for both occupational health
  • This was a phenomenal performance! – Col. Joseph Rohret, ASEV inspection team chief

    Team McConnell is the best in Air Mobility Command when it comes to aircrew training support, training, and standardization and evaluation programs. This became official after an inspection team from Headquarters, Air Mobility Command, visited McConnell to conduct the Aircrew Standardization/Evaluation visit Sept. 18-29. This evaluation was a
  • Financial irresponsibility could jeopardize clearance

    Bills, bills and more bills - are you tired of them? No, this isn't a television commercial for a loan company, but it does deal with the importance of managing your financial obligations. If you didn't know, your financial status plays an important role in the Personnel Security Program and is a crucial part of national security. In 2005
  • Change of command for 349th ARS

    The 349th Air Refueling Squadron welcomed a new boss during a change-of-command ceremony at the red carpet in front of base operations, Bldg. 1112, here Sept. 29. Lt. Col. David DuHadway assumed command, succeeding Lt. Col. Timothy Sipes, in a ceremony presided over by Colonel Raymond LaMarche, 22nd Operations Group commander. Colonel Sipes moves
  • CFC kicks off today; McConnell raises 2006 goal

    The 2006-2007 Combined Federal Campaign officially kicks off here today and will run through Nov. 16. Last year, federal employees and servicemembers donated a record-setting $268.5 million to the CFC. Contributions can be made by payroll deduction, cash or check. McConnell members contributed a total of $111,000 last year. According to Capt.
  • Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat

    Fire Prevention Week marks the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 8, 1871. This historic blaze raged for several days and killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, and destroyed more than 17,000 buildings. Each October, the National Fire Protection Association sponsors a fire prevention campaign. The theme for this year's
  • McConnell Airmen 'Stand Down' for homeless veterans

    At any given time the Air Force has thousands of personnel deployed supporting the war on terrorism. Decades ago, it was the Vietnam conflict and the Korean War. What happened to the veterans who fought for our nation then? Some of those veterans who now find themselves homeless made their way to downtown Wichita, Kan., Sept. 29 to receive aid
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